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tonight at 5:: donald trump warns america will not tolerate predatory trade practices. donald trump tells global leaders america is doing fantastically well, but america first, he says, does not mean america alone. there has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the united states. america is open for business and we are competitive once again. he also said he is prepared to apologise for retweeting inflammatory videos from a british far right group. we will have the latest from davos in switzerland where he made that speech. the other main stories on bbc news at five... the uk economy grew by 0.5% during the fourth quarter of 2017, official figures show. buoyed by the services sector. david davis says the uk will be able to negotiate trade deals as soon as it leaves the eu,
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amid a tory row over the uk's approach to brexit. we must discuss her regulators and businesses and we can best provide clarity during this period. several of the bbc male members agreed to ta ke of the bbc male members agreed to take a pay cut. don't touch the bronze? the bronze! and the film review coming up with mark kermode. hello, good evening. welcome to the
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bbc news at five. i'm jane hill. president donald trump has told the world economic forum in davos that the world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous america — and there's never been a better time to invest in it. he said america first doesn't mean america alone — and the us wants to be a partner in building a better world. earlier he said he was prepared to apologise for retweeting inflammatory posts from the british far—right group britain first, in november. this report is from our diplomatic correspondent james robbins. the president is revelling in his dominance of davos. donald trump started out by dismissing reports that he had tried lastjune to sack richard mueller, the man robert mueller, the man heading the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. did you fire mueller? did you fire robert mueller? fake news, folks, fake news. what's your message today? typical new york times fake stories. that's not quite the same as an outright denial, of course. mr president... but in an interview with piers
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morgan, the president did come close to an uncharacteristic apology. donald trump regretted his retweeting of posts from a british far—right group, which prompted a rebuke at the time from theresa may. it was done because i am a big believer in fighting radical islamic terror. this was a depiction of radical islamic terror. they were unverified videota... at least one of them was not what it seems. well, they are. but this was... i didn't do it, i didn't go out and... i did a retweet. it was a big story where you are, but it was not a big story where i am. i get that. can i get an apology out of you just for the retweets...? well, if you're telling me... i think it would go a long way. here's what's fair. if you're telling me that's horrible people, horrible racist people... yeah. i would certainly apologise, if you'd like me to do that. i know nothing about them. and you would disavow yourself of people like that? i don't want to be involved with people... but you're telling me
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about these people. yeah. because i know nothing about these people. all of which reinforces his peacemaking with theresa may yesterday. but the president's main motive for coming to switzerland and the world economic forum, to speak directly to many of the richest, most powerful business leaders and opinion formers. ahead of his big speech, many profoundly disagree with donald trump's non—global approach, but can't ignore america's immense economic weight. you have to be open and fair to trump, you have to tell him that he all made us a bit richer, compared to 12 months ago, so for that we should thank him. i don't have so many great expectation, i'm looking to have a good laugh, actually. thank you very much, everybody. the focus of his speech? america first, but not america alone. the focus of his speech? america first, but not america alonei believe in america. as president of the united states i will always put
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america first, just like the leaders of other countries should put their country first also. but america first does not mean america alone. when the united states grows, so does the world. american prosperity has created capitalist jobs all around the globe. later, return to familiarground. around the globe. later, return to familiar ground. the president used the questioner and —— question and a nswer the questioner and —— question and answer session to take a swipe at the media, getting a reaction from this audience... it wasn't until i became a politician that i realised how mean, how nasty, vicious and how fa ke how mean, how nasty, vicious and how fake the press can be, as the cameras start going off in the background. but it is clear what the president's main focus was on. billions of dollars is coming back into the us and i think that will just continue. how much today? it
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will be a lot. for donald trump, america first, and the rest of the world playing the part he has written for them. bbc news. our business editor simon jack joins me now from davos. let's assess that speech. you were listening. in terms of the response you are picking up on, simon, was donald trump perhaps a little less protectionist, have people been concerned? what protectionist, have people been concerned ? what have protectionist, have people been concerned? what have they been saying to you? this speech was part victory lap and part sales pitch. he pointed to the strong economic growth, the strong global growth and low unemployment, the victory lap, look what i have done, isn't it great? and the good news, everyone, if the world's largest economy, america, does well, so does everyone else. there was also some carrot and stick, the stick when he slapped ta riffs stick, the stick when he slapped tariffs on washing machines and solar panels, saying that when people don't play by the rules,
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international property theft, you will come down on them like a tonne of bricks, so he means business on that, but the carrot, he had cut corporation tax to 21%, got rid of lots of regulations, so if you want to sell your staff to us consumers, be my guest, come and set up in the us. it was like a chamber of commerce speech, if you like, and unashamed plug, saying they want to do business, but he was unapologetic about america first. he said some countries don't play by the rules. when we see the free trade, which we believe in, and what they —— what we mean is fairer trade, with reciprocity. a lot of people thought this audience would boo him, a lot of people hating him, like a woodstock globalisation, but at the meeting this year they cut some massive taxes. jp morgan will get a $25 billion windfall over the next
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few years so they are not doing any booing, and they are worried he goes further along this track. if he does things like starting to break up the north american free trade agreement, starting a trade war with china, thatis starting a trade war with china, that is when they will get a bit nervous. when he spoke about how well the economy was doing, what he had managed to do for the us economy, he has been in office for one year. are people there saying actually a lot of this is a hangover from the previous administration? or do they point to certain policies he has enacted in the space of the last 12 months and say he can take some of the credit? well, the booming stock market no doubt has something to do with the expectation that this tax cut was going to happen, but you're absolutely right. a lot of people say the global growth we are seeing and the us economic growth is because we have interest rates and monetary policy in a world economy which is behaving quite strongly. this monetary policy is more akin
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and suitable for a depression era. $2.2 trillion for the world financial system over the last 12 months. it is still happening, so no wonder we have growth. the question i think wonder we have growth. the question ithink is, wonder we have growth. the question i think is, what i've been picking up i think is, what i've been picking up here, when interest rates begin to go up to something nearly normal, will those asset prices suddenly begin to look very very expensive, and a lot of people say that although there is global growth at the moment they believe it is mostly good to be true and are we seeing the seeds of the next crisis are being sown in this very expensive monetary policy. so that is the elephant in the room, things look great, but that is because we have this almost emergency stimulus for the economy going on even when the economy is growing at nearly 4%. simonjack, for economy is growing at nearly 4%. simon jack, for now, economy is growing at nearly 4%. simonjack, for now, thank you, following everything in davos. the uk economy grew faster than expected in the last three months of 2017 — according to the office for national statistics.
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figures released today show that gdp expanded by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of last year — driven by growth in the services sector. but the ons says the broader picture is slower and more uneven growth. our economics correspondent andy verity has the details. in the oxfordshire countryside, this family—run company makes cutting—edge machines that use ultrasound and short wave radiation for physiotherapy. helping patients recover from injuries and strokes. last year, it saw a surge in orders not from europe but from the united states and china. for companies like this, any worries about brexit are for the distant future. what counts for a lot more is what is happening in the global economy. that has been growing more strongly than most economists expected. exporters like this have been able to tap into growing markets in north america and asia and grow themselves. because there is no free trade deal with china like there is with the eu, each product for export has to be approved by the chinese authorities, meaning years of filling out documents and other bureaucratic hurdles which is an informal barrier to trade. you need patience but eventually
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you may be rewarded. it has been challenging. it took three or four max years to gain approval to sell into china. but with patience and dedication, we have those approvals. we have seen the uplift in business now, that we are able to expand to market the size of china. manufacturing is now one of the bright spots of the economy, growing by 1.3% in the last few months of 2017. the economy overall grew by 0.5%, slightly more than most economists expected. but all the year, it grew by 1.8%, slower than 2016 but by no means the sharp slowdown summit here. yes the british economy is performing well and are export markets are growing. we have seen strong growth in services in this quarter. the economy is resilient. it has been much more resilient than people expected. global growth is coming back, the economic cycle is turning. earlier this week, the imf downgraded our growth figures. so, no, i think we're in a very precarious situation. while most of the growth is coming from services, making up four fifths
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of the economy, it was weaker in so—called consumer facing industries such as restaurant and hotel. it appears that it is not hitting the economy in the short term, but productivity is sluggish and it is a warning signalfor us. for one sector of the economy, the warning of recession is no scare story. it is reality. construction boomed in 2016 but for nine months now, it has been shrinking. the andy verity, bbc news. let's talk now about the latest on brexit. the brexit secretary, david davis, has set out britain's wishes for what he called an implementation
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period after the uk leaves the eu. he said the government should be free to negotiate and sign new trade deals. mr davis said that a strictly time—limited transition, during which britain kept its access to the single market, would provide certainty for business. labour has accused ministers of being in disarray over brexit, after downing street distanced itself from the chancellor's suggestion that changes after brexit would be modest. our political correspondent iain watson is in westminster. it has been quite a 2k hours or so when it comes to the topic of brexit? that's right. the government position has been set out in this transition or implementation period as you were talking about, two years roughly that take place immediately after brexit in march 2019 and what david davis was trying to say that there is government unity around some of those objectives but he is
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also trying to reassure people in his own party who campaigned very strongly to leave the european union, because some things will be exactly the same, freedom of movement, a role for the european court ofjustice, movement, a role for the european court of justice, and movement, a role for the european court ofjustice, and yours once trade deals to be signed to continue during that period and beyond, so what they had to say effectively to brexiteers, look, this is not your membership by some other name. there will be significant differences as well. chief amongst them the ability for britain once again to do its own trade deals. as an independent country, no longer a member of the european union, the united kingdom will once again have its own trading policy. this is a vital aspect of this period. for the first time in more than 40 years we'll be able to step out and sign new trade deals with old friends and new allies around the globe. increasingly, we are trading with the key emerging markets of the world in the asias and americas. the uk's fastest—growing export markets between 2005 and 2014, including countries like china and brazil, these are the future.
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i should say, jane, there is a pretty big caveat here. the week and signed deals during this period is david davis gets his way we will not be able to implement them to get the benefit of them until that transition period had come to an end. labourdid transition period had come to an end. labour did not so much attack the substance of the speech today, they wanted to put the focus back on to those conservative divisions you alluded to the fact the chancellor was talking about relatively modest changes to a trading relationship whilst many conservative backbenchers want to see a greater diverging. so what the shadow brexit secretary keir starmer was trying to focus on is the idea the government couldn't really negotiate amongst itself very effectively, never made with brussels. david davis seems to be accepting some of the realities about the transitional arrangements, but nothing he has said today could
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mask or hide the bitter infighting going on in the government about what form brexit should take. that infighting has been holding us up that infighting has been holding us up for for too long. businesses and communities want certainty, they wa nt communities want certainty, they want to know what the transitional arrangements are, and when labour set out our review last summer, they said the government really needs to resolve this now. staying inside the single market or the customs union, or its equivalent, during a transitional period, or there could bea transitional period, or there could be a longer transition period than the government or brussels is currently compensating. but labour's policies beyond that are less clear and it becomes controversial between some of its leadership and mp5. as for the government, negotiations on the transformation period are getting away in earnest. david davis onceit getting away in earnest. david davis once it completed around the end of march but he does have some big obstacles including what happens if new eu laws come into force during that transition period. you want some kind of mechanism to deal with
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that so he can say to his own backbenchers, brexiteers in particular, that britain is not simply a rule taker rather than a rule maker. thank yo, iain — and we'll be assessing all of the latest on the brexit negotiations with our reality check correspondent chris morris just after 1730. chris will take us through all of that. you're watching afternoon live — these are our headlines: president trump tells global leaders that the us will not tolerate predatory trade practices. the uk economy grew by 0.5% during the fourth quarter of 2017, official figures show. buoyed by the services sector. and as we have just been hearing, the brexit secretary sets out the
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uk's ambitions for a transition period, after britain leaves the european union. in sport, roger federer, the swiss star, gifted a place after his opponentjothohn had to retire in the second set with severe blisters on his feet. —— hyeon chung. australia went on to win it three wickets in the cricket against england. and their biggest fa cup victory came in 19119 with a victory over sunderland but can yeovil town trump that this evening. they face manchester united in the fourth round and alexis sanchez is in the squad. more sport for you in around 15 minutess' time. thank you, see you in a bit, later. several of the bbc‘s leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut, after revelations about unequal pay at the corporation. jeremy vine, nick robinson, john humphrys, huw edwards, jon sopel and nicky campbell have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their salary. it follows carrie gracie's resignation as china editor,
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in protest at the unequal pay between male and female international editors. here's our media correspondent david sillito. arriving at work this morning wasjeremy vine, one of the bbc‘s highest—paid presenters. however, he has now agreed that his pay, more than £700,000, should be cut. i think it all needs to be sorted out. and i support my female colleagues who have rightly said that they should be paid the same when they are doing the same job. it is just a no—brainer. so it wasn't a problem for me to accept one. it is all part of the fallout from this, the moment the bbc was forced to reveal the pay of its highest—paid presenters. and it is not the end of it. a bbc review of star pay is due out in the next few days, along with a face—to—face meeting with mp5. a 15—year—old has been detained for more than four years —
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after five passengers of the stolen car he was driving in leeds, were killed. the teenager, who can't be named, admitted five counts of causing death by dangerous driving. leeds crown court heard the car was travelling at 88 miles per hour when it hit a tree. a decision is due within the next couple of hours about whether the usa will add import tariffs to sales of bombard ear —— bombardier‘s c—series aircraft. unions have argued that a tariff could threaten up argued that a tariff could threaten up to1,000jobs argued that a tariff could threaten up to 1,000 jobs in belfast, where the plane's wings are manufactured. danny savage is at the company's factory in east belfast. what more do we know at this stage, danny? well, the decision comes at 7:30pm ourtime well, the decision comes at 7:30pm our time tonight when a committee of what it -- our time tonight when a committee of what it —— in washington votes on whether to allow this through, and what it means is the big border on
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the books here in belfast for delta airlines, for these jets, the books here in belfast for delta airlines, for thesejets, so they we re airlines, for thesejets, so they were going to make 150 wings for an here, and the plan was for the wings to be sent to canada and the plane to be sent to canada and the plane to be sent to canada and the plane to be assembled there then sold to delta, based in america. however, boeing, the american aircraft company, objected, and they said bombardier has been getting unfair subsidies from both the uk and canadian government which allows them to sell aircraft at knock—down prices into the american market, therefore putting them, boeing, at a disadvantage. so the answer to this is what boeing have been pushing for, a tariff, tax, if you like on each of those planes coming in. let's just say one of those cost £20 billion. a 300% tariff could mean the price suddenly jumps to $80 million. it could make the
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deal very unattractive to delta and if it goes won't want the order for aircraft so it is a worrying time for people here. it will create uncertainty. if it goes through then the people here in belfast have to hope they are able to sell those aircraft to other customers around the world and not america which is demonstrating its protectionism, if you like. the whole fort of donald trump and america first is this is how it seems to be working out. allred, danny, clearly more from you later in the evening —— all right, danny. in the last few minutes it has emerged nhs england has decided its guidance to hospitals to postpone all nonurgent surgery will not be extended beyond the end of this month. the decision was taken ata this month. the decision was taken at a meeting today of nhs england's emergency pressures panel, set up to provide advice about winter pressure and clinical rest. —— clinical risk.
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they are not saying the worst is over, but they will keep the situation under review. new guidance from the nhs medicines watchdog, the national institute for health and ca re national institute for health and care excellence, says most sore throats can be treated with paracetamol. research suggests antibiotics are being prescribed in 60% of cases, potentially contributing to the development of strains of bacteria which can't be treated by antibiotics. over to our health correspondent, dominic hughes. leading health experts have warned this poses a serious risk to the uk. if we lose the ability to fight infection, common medical procedures such as caesarean sections and cancer treatments could become too risky. prescribing antibiotics to treat a sore throat isa antibiotics to treat a sore throat is a prime example of how they can be misused. sore throat account for
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almost one in four of gp appointments in the uk related to infections of the long and airways. research suggests that in 60% of those cases antibiotics are prescribed. but most sore throat or caused by a viral infection in which antibiotics will have no effect. we have become a bit acclimatised to thinking we need an antibiotic whenever we have something wrong with us, and we don't. we just have to be re—educated, i suppose, to think what we can do for ourselves and to importantly preserve the use of antibiotics for really serious infections. the latest advice from the nhs medicines watchdog reminds doctors and nurses that most sore throats will get better within a week and only the most serious bacterial infections need antibiotics. most patients are best advised to drink plenty of fluids, ta ke advised to drink plenty of fluids, take paracetamol or i be proven to help with pain relief. dominic
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hughes, bbc news. there has been a big rise in the number of cars needing to be replaced because of damage by these, potholes. there was an increase of 1196 potholes. there was an increase of 11% compared with the same period the year before and here's more from our transport correspondent, victoria fritz. you are looking at the front line in the council's war on potholes. these trucks are part of a pilot across three councils arming bin lorries, buses and even an electric bike with the ability to gather intelligence on the road. they're getting around 50,000 images like this per month. we have to interpret those, turn those into a model, to then bring back to the councils and show, this is how your road is deteriorating. ultimately what we're trying to do is give them the information that will allow them to plan how
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to intervene before a pothole becomes a pothole. britain's roads are getting worse. that's the verdict from the rac. patrols attended 2,830 pothole—related breakdowns between october and december of last year. that's11% more than over the same period the year before. most uk road journeys begin or end on local roads like this one, and this is where potholes are a particular problem. now, it's local councils who have to foot the bill for fixing these, and also pay out compensation for drivers affected. in the meantime, motorists are paying the price. cars damaged by poor roads routinely roll into this workshop. we get multiple instances a week where we have pothole damage. recently we had shock absorbers damaged, where it cost the customer about £1180 to repair. the yesterday we had a puncture come injust from hitting a tiny little pothole — that cost him £300 for a brand—new tyre. we see stuff like this everyday. councils spent £41! billion last year on road repair work. but the backlog of work would take years to clear. councils are fixing a pothole on average every 19 seconds.
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but the big challenge is that government funds national roads, 2% of the network, at £1.1 million a mile, and only £21,000 for those that are maintained by local authorities. the government says it is for councils to identify where repairs should be undertaken. but with budgets under increasing scrutiny, councils may have to find smarter ways to fill the holes. victoria fritz, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. lucy martin has the weather prospects. thank you. james on the way into the weekend. a dry bright day—to—day with plenty —— changes on the way. plenty of spells and the brightness mostly in the west. you cannot really see the front pitching in and as we go through this evening and overnight we will start to see that rain working into the west. —— you can see. a few patches of mist
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and fog forming. for east anglia and the south—east of england in particular. and a few patches of frost is not out of the question in rural areas. a cool start in the south—east where we have a clearer skies, heavy rain in the north to begin with but that band of rain quickly working east through the day. brighter in time for scotland, northern ireland and northern england, and some thundery showers. some severe gales and the far north as well but temperatures in double figures. a maximum of 12 celsius. another mild day for much of the country on sunday, fairly cloudy in the south but some bright intervals with highs of a0 celsius. —— 1a celsius. this is bbc news, the headlines: president donald trump has told the world economic forum in davos that the world was witnessing
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the resurgence of a strong and prosperous america, there has never been a better time to invest in it. the brexit secretary sets out the uk's ambitions for a transition period after britain leaves the european union. the uk economy grew faster than expected in the last three months of 2017, thanks to an increase in the services sector. six of the bbc‘s leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut, after revelations about unequal pay at the corporation. much more on all those stories, we will be doing some fact checking on brexit. now the sport with lizzie greenwood hughes. roger federer is a marvel. yes, he
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is. we start with cricket. england have lost the fourth one—day international against australia. they had already won the best of five series 3—0, but a whitewash would have made up for the ashes disappointment. they lost by three wickets, although it could have been worse after australia had been fined down after just worse after australia had been fined down afterjust eight runs. having already won this series english cricket could once again stand proud. still, they say pride comes before a fall. this fall was more like an extraordinary collapse. jason roy out second ball, and neitherjonny bairstow nor alex hales lasted much longer. surelyjoe root could study the stumble? well, no, england four down forjust six runs. jos buttler was the next ago, 8-5. runs. jos buttler was the next ago, 8—5. england in desperate need of something cling on to and they found it in chris woakes. he is 78 stop it
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from being truly embarrassing, but a total of 196 never seemed enough. i fully emphasise by the australian open air. a few quick wickets made it feel like a contest, including onejust four short of it feel like a contest, including one just four short of a century. but that was the only australian disappointment. victory was co mforta ble disappointment. victory was comfortable and after three defeats, it was very welcome. injohannesburg a dangerous pitch caused play to be abandoned later on day three in the test between south africa and india. chasing 2a1, south african batsman dean gallagher was hit on the grill of his helmet by a short ball from jasprit bumrah. discussions took place between the on pitch empires before the referee joined them and play was halted. india want the match to carry on and a decision will be made this evening or in the morning. roger federer is through to
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a record seventh australian open final after his opponent in the semifinal retired due to blisters. federer, the defending champion, co mforta bly federer, the defending champion, comfortably took the first set against the unseeded hyeon chung, 6-1. the against the unseeded hyeon chung, 6—1. the south korean was struggling with painful
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